A bachelor’s degree from an accredited respiratory therapy program qualifies graduates for entry into the advanced practitioner credentialing system, leading to the highest professional credential available in the field of respiratory therapy. The credentialing process is a two-part, nationally administered examination. Part one, a comprehensive written exam, is taken after graduation. Graduates who pass this exam will earn the entry-level credential “Certified Respiratory Therapist” (CRT), and will be eligible to take the Clinical Simulation Examination. The entry-level CRT credential is required for licensure by most states and the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners. Candidates who pass both the Therapist Multi-choice Examination and Clinical Simulation Examinations will earn advanced-practitioner status, and the credential Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
Areas of Specialization
The healthcare field of respiratory therapy is focused on treating patients with cardiopulmonary (heart/lung) illnesses and breathing difficulties. Respiratory therapists work in acute-care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, homecare/DME settings and physician’s offices. The registered respiratory therapist (RRT) is involved in the assessment and management of patients with acute or chronic diseases or conditions affecting the heart and lungs. RRTs are also involved in the diagnosis and prevention of cardiopulmonary disease.
Cardiopulmonary diagnostics, smoking cessation, asthma educator-certified, critical care of adults, pediatric, newborn infants, pulmonary rehabilitation, sleep disorders specialist, acute-care hospitals supervisor or manager, long-term acute care (LTAC), physicians’ offices, research and clinical trials management, durable medical equipment, and pharmaceutical industry sales and marketing, hospice and home health agencies, and nursing homes. Healthcare management and supervisory opportunities abound for respiratory therapists with the BS degree.
The respiratory therapy applications are closed for the Fall 2020.
Licensure and Certification
Licensure is required through the Georgia Composite Medical Board. A graduate must earn his/her Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care, in order to be eligible for a state license. Graduates of advanced Therapist programs are eligible for both the entry-level (CRT), and the advanced practice Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials in Respiratory care. All states except Alaska and Hawaii require Respiratory care state licensure.